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The CSR programme Young Talent Nurture is the latest in a series of activities by Dekalb Vietnam, a subsidiary of Monsanto, to celebrate International Children’s Day.
Huynh Di Trac, the representative of Dekalb Vietnam, in Southeast Vietnam and the Mekong Delta region, told VIR that the programme has granted 56 gifts, including school bags and books to support students in need at Da Phuoc Secondary School and Khanh An Primary School.
“We strive to improve the lives of children and families in the locality where we cultivate the weed- and insect-resistant Genuity corn seeds. This CSR programme aims to motivate students to pursue education in the next school years. Dekalb Vietnam plans to replicate this programme across the province to bring more happiness to the needy and contribute to local social development.”
In response to the visit, a teacher at Da Phuoc Secondary School commented that the school receives more than 100 bright but underprivileged students every year. “We are grateful for Dekalb Vietnam and their sponsors who contribute to giving needy children a fulfilling education and a better future. We hope that the programme will be expanded to inspire more children from low-income families in the locality.”
Meanwhile, a teacher at Khanh An Primary School said that the school is located in the remote region and many families are poor and illiterate. “We hope that more similar events will be organised to encourage impoverished students to study, contributing to the development of local education.”
Vu Ngoc To Nhu, a middle school student at Da Phuoc said that, “The programme is meaningful to me and my friends who are in need. After receiving the gift, I am committed to studying harder to become a doctor in the future.”
In addition to Young Talent Nurture, Monsanto has organised many activities to improve the local communities. Monsanto has joined forces with US-based Room to Read to improve education and gender equality for more than 80,000 children from farmer families in Vietnam.
The Monsanto-Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) scholarship programme has been fostering young talents in the agri-biotech area with a fund of VND1.5 billion ($66,000) in the 2014-2018 period.